Wow. It’s been quite a year. I’ve actually been busy writing for some music websites and I feel like I’ve abandoned my own blog.
A quick summary of what I’ve been up to, writing- and music-wise since my last post in December of 2016:
- Celebrated the 2nd anniversary of my music event production, The Rest Is Noise PH
- Wrote artist features (NINNO, Run Dorothy, similarobjects, TheSunManager, No Rome, and Calix) for Purveyr’s 2nd and 3rd issue, with the 4th one underway (RH Xanders, Jess Connelly, and She’s Only Sixteen)
- Wrote a feature about Curtismith for Purveyr
- Attended Laneway in Singapore
- Watched Liam Gallagher and Bohan Phoenix (and wrote about those for Bandwagon Philippines)
- Wrote liner notes for a couple of BuwanBuwan Collective album releases
- Wrote liner notes for Lions and Acrobats’ sophomore album, Mundane
- Side note: I saw all films in competition for two local film festivals this year: Cinemalaya and Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino
That’s as much as I can recall for now.
On a personal side, I’ve had a tough 2016 and the most part of 2017. All of my uncles migrated to California since late 2015. They are the best uncles one can ever ask for – flaws and all. In August this year, I’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression and took a combination of medication to ‘rewire’ my brain, so to speak. It was ugly, but it was also illuminating. I found comfort in my family and my close friends. I keep a pretty small circle of trusted people – all of whom have been extremely supportive.
I’ve been hospitalized for I think twice the past two years: one of which was due to, as I suspect, anxiety since there was nothing visibly wrong with me but I cannot sleep due to difficulty of breathing, chest pains, body weakness, and then there’s my hyperactive brain that won’t quit thinking of glum things (i.e. dying right then and there).
Also, after almost four years, I left MicroCreatives because I was simply not mentally functioning anymore. Everything feels amplified and I crack under the least amount of pressure. I’m just thankful that I’ve been receiving a decent amount of freelance work to stay afloat and not touch my savings. I’ve also found ways to earn extra cash like sell old/unused clothes and CDs.
Then of course, The Rest Is Noise. We had, I think, only six gigs this year – fewer than 2015 and 2016. As opposed to a two-nights-every-two-months, we hosted one every two or three (even four) months. Our upcoming show, The Rest Is Noise Year-End 2017, is our biggest yet and I’ve been handling promotions and branding (the latter of which, I’ve been doing since day one), and it’s been both exciting and challenging at the same time. It’s been a fulfilling role and, in many ways, therapeutic exercise for me.
So that pretty much covers it. I book another flight to Singapore (my third visit!) in January to watch Laneway with a few friends and get around longer. I feel more alive than ever and my hope has never extinguished.
See you next Saturday for our final show of the year!